Cheap, budget DAC for the Massdrop x HIFIMAN HE4XX?

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As the FX Audio DAC(+amp) X6 sold out, it was well within my budget. Is the O2 AMP + SDAC DAC/AMP better than no DAC for $150? Also what are more budget DAC/AMP combos like this one, and more only-DAC combos like this one. (Cheaper)
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pslayer1
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Nov 9, 2019
If you are looking for 'bang for your buck', look at Topping or SMSL. In the end, you will have to decide how far you want to go with your hobby. Meaning, if you are satisfied with $150 DAC/AMP combos then great. If you think your obsession/curiosity one day can grow to the point of needing to know what a $500-$600 DAC/AMP combo can do to your HE4XX, etc., you may consider expanding your budget and just buying once (rather than buying a $150 product now and then the $500-$600 product a year from now). Really only you can decide that.
timko
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Nov 9, 2019
Thanks